February began with a Quiz Night on Friday 2nd at Retford Golf Club, organised by David Towers. A very mixed bag of questions, but a good knowledge of the American Space programme was an asset! The social scene continued with a Skittles Night the following Friday at the Brownlow Arms, High Marnham. This is an annual event organised by Bob Stockdale. Roger Stenson was the victor on the night.
The following day, it was back to work with a second-hand clothes sale in the Buttermarket organised by David Smith. This raised over £300.00. The speakers at the Club meeting the following Monday, were staff from the Citizens Advice Bureau in the town. They gave a very informative talk. Many people don’t know that their advice is free, impartial and confidential.
The pattern of Friday events continued on the 16th, with the main event of the Rotary year; the club’s Charter Anniversary Dinner. This was a formal dress occasion celebrating the club’s 81st birthday, where the Club President Geraldine Matthews, recently back from the club’s golf break in the Canary Islands, had as her special guests the Town Mayor, Councillor Helen Richards and the Rotary District Governor, Michael Longdon. A packed ball room at Ye Olde Bell was treated to the after-dinner entertainment of songs from Matthew Siviter, accompanied by Martin Yates. The final meeting of the month saw members learning about wines, complete with samples, at the hands of Tom and Harriet, who manage the bars at Ye Olde Bell.